I’ve always loved curling up with garden books on cold winter days. There’s something about getting lost in the dreams their pages inspire. If I think about the hundreds of garden books that line my bookshelves, those that stand out in my memory have a single trait in common.
I can feel the spirit of the gardener in between the lines.
Helen Yoest’s new book Gardening with Confidence has taken its rightful place among those spiritual volumes in my library.
I’ve had the great opportunity since I started blogging to meet many garden writers and now consider some of them among my closest friends. I’ve known Helen since early 2011, when we were both invited to Miami as a part of the Costa Farms Social Summit. From the moment I met her on that balmy South Florida morning, I’ve been humbled by her knowledge, compassion and class. Most of all, I’ve admired her confidence in how she writes, gardens and lives.
So many books focus on the “how-to” or the “you should” in gardening. Not this one. In Gardening with Confidence, Helen explores fifty garden concepts (such as color, movement and children in the garden) in a way that allows the reader to understand, but then implores the gardener to apply them to their own sense of style and creativity. Helen shares her personal experiences throughout the chapters, as inspiration not edicts.
Much like a well-written garden book reveals the spirit of the gardener between the lines, gardens announce the spirit of the gardener in every plant and along every path. The central premise of Helen’s book is this: Our gardening success lives and grows when our gardens reflect our own style and personal creativity. She inspires us to bend — and even break — the rules to find our confidence in the garden.
If you’re looking for a wonderful gardening book to curl up with this winter, you won’t be disappointed in Gardening with Confidence. Hop on over to Helen’s website or Amazon.com to order your copy today. It would make a great holiday gift for your gardening friends!
Giveaway: Win your own copy of the book!
I’m also giving away an autographed copy of Gardening with Confidence. All you need to do is leave a comment below about how you express personal style in your own garden. I’ll randomly choose the winner from one of the comments on Friday, November 23. The chosen winner will need to supply a mailing address where the book should be shipped.
FTC Disclosure: Helen Yoest is providing the autographed copy of her book for this giveaway. I was a reader of the final manuscript. All opinions about the book are my own.